A Queensland childcare centre has been temporarily closed after a confirmed case of coronavirus.
The early learning centre at Jimboomba, south of Brisbane, was ordered to close on the weekend, Queensland Health said.
However, an unknowingly contagious child visited the centre a number of times this month.
It came as Ms Palaszczuk revealed details of the state government’s $28 million commitment to mental health support amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s about providing that support for people who are really doing it tough at the moment,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
“This is very much needed at the moment.
“We’ve got a great non-government sector there right across Queensland that’s willing, ready and able to help out and to lend a hand to people who are going through difficult times at the moment.”
The initiative will focus on mental health, drug and alcohol, Indigenous, and primary health care services.
“We know that the impact of this virus and the measures we have to put in place to prevent its spread won’t just be physical, they will be mental and emotional and that’s why this $28 million COVID-19 mental health fund so crucial,” Health Minister Steven Miles said. “It will support our non-government organisations to provide mental health services as well as drug and alcohol services to the most vulnerable in our community.
“Quarantine itself has an impact on people’s health and grief does too and many people will be seeing on the news what’s happening in the US, the UK, Italy, places where they may have family or close friends and just those images can have an impact on people’s mental health.
“Not to mention unemployment and business failure and we know the economic impacts are having a toll on people’s jobs and business and ultimately that can lead people to suffer from mental illness for all of those reasons, funding is so vital.”
NGOs will be able to apply for grants under the fund in order to expand their services and increase capacity in delivering mental health support.
“This particular measure will help people to manage better and come out the other end with much stronger mental health and ability to rebuild and regain life control,” Mental Health Commissioner Ivan Frkovic said.
Queenslanders told to expect six monthsofsocial distancing
Mr Miles said just 11 of the state’s 998 positive cases of COVID-19 are in intensive care units.
“That, along with that very low transmission rate, recorded over the weekend, makes Queensland the envy of the world,” he when it comes to COVID-19 responses,” he said.
“If you compare our experience to other places around the world, Queensland and Queenslanders are doing very well.”
Ms Palaszczuk said despite the results, Queenslanders should still expect six months period for isolation and travel restrictions.
“Let’s tread carefully here,” she said. “We’re trying to avoid what we’re seeing in other countries happening here.
“We have received very clear health advice and we’re still looking at six months.
“We don’t want to give people false hope at the moment.”
Ms Palaszczuk said the state government would be looking closely at other European nations, as well as China, as they lift restrictions to “see how that goes”.
Meanwhile, the advice remains for people to avoid any non-essential outdoor activities and to be vigilant in avoiding contact with others.
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